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'Evening Full Dress', December 1811

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching and stipple engraving, published 1 December 1811
8 5/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (218 mm x 117 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47550

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Described in the issue for November 1811:
A gossamer satin robe of French grey or celestial blue, with a demi train; stripes of white lace let in the cross way of the skirt, and relieved by a very narrow bordering of black velvet: a broad lace of Vandyke pattern round the bottom; short sleeves fastened up in front, by a row of pearls. Dress lace tippet, à-la-Duchesse d'Angouleme, edged with a border of Vandyke lace. The hair in simple and waving curls next the face, à-la-Greque; head-dress composed of plaited braids of hair and pearls, surmounted with a large red cornelian ornament, in the form of a diamond, set round with small pearls; the hair brought in a knot on the back of the head, surrounded with a row of pearls; necklace of the same valuable material, in two rows. Drop earrings composed of the entire pearl, which should be large. A square cornelian brooch, set in gold, with a drop depending of pearl, to answer the earrings. Long round tippet of swansdown. White kid gloves, wrinkled so as to cover very little of the arm below the elbow. Slippers of kid the colour of the gown, the toe more pointed than usual, with small pearl or white bugle rosettes.

Events of 1811back to top

Current affairs

George III's insanity is finally publicly admitted amidst arguments in Parliament over the credibility of his doctors. George, Prince of Wales is appointed Regent despite doubts over his capacity to rule effectively. This prompts the Prince's final split with the Catholic Mrs Fitzherbert, his clandestine wife

Art and science

John Loudon McAdam presents his new road surfacing technique to Parliament.
Jane Austen publishes Sense and Sensibility.
Sculptor Francis Leggatt Chantrey exhibits at the Royal Academy for the first time with a celebrated bust of the radical John Horne Tooke.


Battle of Albuera; British invade French-held Badajoz in Spain under William Carr Beresford and are victorious over Marshal Soult.
Java captured.

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